Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Father's Day Pasta Salad (aka Manly Pasta Salad)

I've been making this pasta salad for my husband on Father's day for quite a few years now and he loves it. Actually we all love it! It has such great flavors. This recipe is the half recipe so you can double it if you are making it for a crowd.

Father's Day Pasta Salad (aka Manly Pasta Salad)

8 oz ditaliti pasta, half a 1 lb box (if you can't find it small shells work too)
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup yellow or white onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup medium cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup good qualitly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup dill pickles, diced
1/2 cup hard salami, diced
1/2 cup large pitted black olives, chopped up a bit
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to your desired spiciness)
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 tablespoons creamy horseradish sauce
2 oz diced pimentos (half a 4 oz jar), drained and rinsed
about 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I use Best Foods Mayo made with Canola oil)

The Night Before:
Boil pasta until al dente, approximately 10 minutes. Do not overcook the pasta or it will fall apart when the salad is tossed together. Rinse pasta until cool. Drain well and let it dry out slightly.

Add pasta to a large bowl. Carefully fold in celery, red onion, yellow or white onion, cheeses, dill pickles, salami, and black olives. Refrigerate the mixture, uncovered, overnight (or refrigerate at least 2 hours if making the same day).

The Day Of:
Mix together in a small bowl: garlic salt, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, and celery salt. Sprinkle this spice mixture over the chilled pasta mixture. Fold the spices in till it is mixed all the way through. Fold in the pimentos, minced garlic, and horseradish sauce. Fold in 3/4 cup of mayo to start, add more as needed. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes to 1 hour and its ready to go.

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